Deputy Sheriff Phillip J. Pence

Deputy Sheriff Phillip J. Pence

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, June 10, 1984

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Phillip J. Pence

Deputy Sheriff Phillip Pence was stabbed to death by an inmate while conducting searches of cells for weapons.

He was stabbed as he entered the cell by the suspect who had warned earlier that he would kill the next person to come into his cell. Deputy Pence was stabbed in the chest with a shank fashioned from a metal bucket handle.

The suspect was sentenced to death and executed on June 8th, 2004.

Deputy Pence had served with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department for three years. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, June 9, 1984
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Executed in 2004

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Pence.

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November 17, 2022

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